How to cleanse crystals with incense

Crystals have been used for thousands of years for health and wellness.

In many cultures, crystals are believed to have metaphysical properties that can help with different aspects of life, such as energy, luck, love, abundance, and mental clarity, to name a few.

The whole point in having a crystal is to tap into the properties the stone has within it, which would give you what you need at that specific time in your life.

But how do you keep them from being contaminated by the energies of people who have been using them afterward?

Cleansing and recharging your stones will help prevent others from draining its energy or imparting negative energies into the stone.

Cleansing your crystals with incense is a great way to purify them and recharge their energies.

They can be cleansed after each person has used them or just once a week. It is up to you how often you do it.

How to cleanse crystals

If your crystals are physically dirty, you may be able to cleanse them in warm water. But beware!

Some crystals dissolve in water; those with a water-soluble ionic or polar component dissolve in water.

Do not place any of the following crystals in water: Apophyllite, Azurite, Celestite, Fluorite, Gypsum, Halite, Hematite, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Malachite, Pyrite, Selenite, Tangerine Quartz, Turquoise, Opal, Ulexite, and others.

Do your research before placing your crystals in water.

The colors and composition of other crystals can be damaged by sunlight, so you should avoid placing those in the sun.

They include Amethyst, Ametrine, Apatite, Apophyllite, Aquamarine, Auralite 23, Aventurine, Beryl, Calcite, Celestite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Fluorite, Hiddenite, Kunzite, Opal, Prasiolite, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Spirit Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Super Seven, Topaz, Turquoise, and Unakite.

Incense is the safest and best choice to cleanse and charge your crystals.

cleansing incense with sage and lavender

How to cleanse crystals with incense

Cleansing with incense is how to get rid of any negative energy absorbed by your crystals.

The most common way to cleanse crystals is with the smoke from incense sticks, cones, or smudges.

This clears negative energy and should be repeated every few weeks to keep the crystals clean.

Light your incense and place it in a safe incense burner.

Hold the crystal over the smoke of the incense stick, bundle, or cone and allow the smoke to envelop it for a few moments.

It’s unnecessary to keep holding the stone with the incense smoke coming toward it. You may place it next to the burning incense.

Make sure to leave the crystal with the incense until all the smoke stops.

If you find that your crystals still have negative energies in them, try to visualize light surrounding them, or go into meditation and direct energy toward them using your hands.

cleansing crystals with palo santo wood incense

Can any incense be used for cleansing?

Yes, you can use any natural incense.

Some ingredients are considered better at cleansing a space than others.

Here’s a shortlist of good cleansing incense ingredients to purify your crystals:

  • white sage
  • juniper
  • mugwort
  • myrrh
  • copal
  • labdanum
  • patchouli

You can also charge your crystals after cleansing them using incense ingredients known to cleanse and impart positive energies into a space, stone, or person.

Use natural incense made from these ingredients to charge your crystals with positive energy:

  • lavender
  • frankincense
  • sandalwood
  • sweetgrass
  • palo santo wood

See our cleansing incense recipes section for a more complete list and more info.

Meditating over the incense and your crystals and visualizing cleansing and charging energies into your stones is another enjoyable way to experience nature’s power and beauty.

Let nature’s aromatics enrich your life!

Want to learn more about crystals? See our article, “How to use crystals” for more info on how to use them in daily life.

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Mark has spent over two decades immersed in the world of natural aromatics. His first experience of Agarwood incense at a Zen center meditation class changed his life forever. He imported and traded aromatics for several years before selling that business. He now simply enjoys enriching his life with nature's aromatics and freely sharing what he knows so others may get to enjoy them also.
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